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velcro

  • Joined Aug 2008
Keeping Pigs with Mum
« on: August 07, 2010, 01:59:08 pm »
Just thoughts / advice please.
We are keeping two castrated males from a litter of GOS for the freezer. Mum is having a rest and not having another litter this year.
We are intending to move Mum from the rest of the weaners next week but we would like to keep the 2 males with her until we have more space ready.
Will this work or will they keep demanding milk or will she put them in their place. 

oaklandspigs

  • Joined Nov 2009
  • East Sussex
    • OaklandsPigs
Re: Keeping Pigs with Mum
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2010, 06:39:54 pm »
We frequently leave a smaller piglet with mum after weaning the rest.  You will see that her other teats dry up quite quickly leaving just the ones your piglets are using, and as the piglets grow they will naturally wean.

In nature,wild boar wean they young at about 16 weeks, and become quite forceful in ensuring tha weaners stop.  Our mums tend to get stroppy with younsters at about 10-12 weeks, and we see little feeding after this.

So yes I would go ahead as you don't plan to mate her again for a while



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velcro

  • Joined Aug 2008
Re: Keeping Pigs with Mum
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2010, 06:52:45 pm »
Thank You very useful advice, we will proceed

 

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